How can I help you….to help me?

All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.
-Danny Thomas Teach to Learn - Learn to Teach

I read an interesting and telling post today from one of the forums I monitor. It was very telling of the differences in perceptions about our industry.It made me wonder how many people withhold helping thinking that helping another talent will reduce the success of their own freelance business?

Here is an excerpt of the post:

“It’s a tough market to break into, and I find that most of the other voice talents out there aren’t quick to give advice to new comers like you and me.  Some do and others will just ignore you.  I suppose that’s about par for the course for any professional endeavor though.

I’ve been monitoring this site for a while now and have picked up some pretty good stuff, but like I said, only a few will actually sit down and answer your questions.”

Ironically, one of my favorite blogs to follow had a related topic up for discussion today:

Success Isn’t a Competition: Boosting Others Helps You in the Long Run

Excerpt from the post “By freeing yourself from the bounds of competition, you free yourself to help others, even if they might be competitors. And in doing so, you gain relationships, and those can be amazingly valuable — in terms of having great friends, and maybe gaining something in the long run. Friends, of course, are much, much more than what they might give you (and you shouldn’t make friends because they might give you something), but you can see the point: it certainly doesn’t hurt you to help others. ” (read entire post here)

I would love to hear from you if you need help, or if you have a comment or opinion on the subject.

Here is my somewhat related video. Well, the title is related, but the rest is just plain old cute!

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